Chicago Cubs reach contract agreement with manager David Ross

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The Chicago Cubs announced Friday that the organization has agreed with manager David Ross to a contract extension through the 2024 season with a club option for 2025. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. .

According to a Cubs press release, Ross, 44, is in his third season in charge of the Cubs after guiding the club to a 34-26 record and the NL Central Division title in the regular season. shortened 60-game 2020 followed by a 71-91 mark in 2021, a campaign in which the team used an MLB single-season record of 69 players.

The statement said that in 2020, Ross finished third in NL Manager of the Year voting after becoming the seventh manager to lead the Cubs to a division crown in his first season in charge of the team. He joined Albert Spalding (1876), Charlie Grimm (1932), Gabby Hartnett (1938), Jim Frey (1984), Dusty Baker (2003) and Lou Piniella (2007).

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Ross was named the 55th manager in Cubs history on October 24, 2019, following a 15-year major league career that included winning World Series titles with the Red Sox in 2013 and the Cubs. in 2016. He is the 24th person to both play for and manage the Cubs, the statement said.

He joins Frank Chance, Joe Tinker and Johnny Evers as the only players to win a World Series as a Cub and later manage the team.

Ross is in his 25th year in professional baseball after being selected by the Dodgers in the seventh round of the 1998 University of Florida draft. He played 883 major league games with the Dodgers (2002-04), Pirates (2005), Padres (2005), Reds (2006-08), Red Sox (2008, 2013-14) Braves ( 2009-12) and the Cubs (2015-16). He appeared in 25 postseason games, hitting .250 (13 for 52) with three home runs and eight RBIs, the statement said.

Following his playing career, Ross spent the 2017-19 seasons in the Cubs front office as a special assistant in baseball operations.

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